HAYS,Kan. -Behind 13 hits from the Lions offense, the Missouri Southern softballteam held off a late rally from 14th-ranked Fort Hays State to win gametwo of a MIAA double-header 9-8 this afternoon splitting the pair of gamesafter falling 5-0 in game one.
The Lions(20-20, 7-11 MIAA) would be unable to get a hit in game one as the Tigers'(34-6, 14-2) senior pitcher Maddie Holub would throw her secondconsecutive perfect game retiring all 21 Lions' batters shefaced. Striking out 14 batters, this afternoon's contest was Holub'sfourth career complete game no-hitter.
The Tigers'would score a solo run in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded walkbefore breaking the game open in the fifth scoring four runs on three homeruns. Holub would help herself hitting a two-run shot toleft center before the Tigers would add two more solo home runsto win 5-0.
The Lionswould bounce back in game two getting the offense going to score nine runs on13 hits. First baseman DawnGrass would lead the charge going 4-for-4 from the plate with two RBI's anda run. Shortstop MichalaWood would also have a nice game two going 2-for-4 with three RBI's and tworuns scored.
Getting thebats going early, Southern would take a early 4-0 lead after three inningsscoring three runs in the top of the second on five hits before adding a run inthe third inning. Fort Hays would respond with five runs of their own in thebottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead, but the Lions' would answer right backwith four runs in the top of the fifth to re-gain a 8-5 lead.
The Lionswould get a RBI single from Grass before Wood would triple to left fielddriving in two more runs. Catcher Rachel Harding would add asingle up the middle scoring Wood to give the Lions a three-run lead.
Southernwould add what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run in the top of thesixth on a RBI single from Grass plating centerfielder AlanaHester to take a 9-5 lead. Fort Hays would not be done scoring as theywould add three runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to one,but pitcher HaleyPypes would come on in relief to shut down the Tiger's threat in theseventh. Fort Hays would load the bases with one out, but Pypes would get thefinal two Tiger batters to line out to left field and strike out looking toclinch the win.
The Lionsreturn to action Saturday when they to Kearney, Neb. to face theNebraska-Kearney Lopers (7-21, 2-10) at 3 p.m. at Dryden Park.